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Question: I have an extremely wet corner of lawn where water tends to pool. This is my first spring in this house so I am not sure what the area is like mid-summer, but last fall and early spring, I have had mud and pooled water. I think I have a layer of soil a few inches thick with clay underneath. I am wondering what I can plant in the area to help absorb some of the standing water, obviouly something that can survive with really wet roots. I am open to anything from ground cover plants to shrubs to trees, but something fairly qucik growing would be preferred so I don't have a swamp all summer long - I don't want to give mosquitos a place to thrive! The area gets sun most of the day, around 5PM, it moves to shade. Thank you for yor advice.

Answer: It is possible that area was planned as a retention area for holding runoff until it can soak into the ground. There are many attractive shrubs you could try in that area such as: Aronia arbutifolia "Brilliantissima", shrub or twig dogwoods such as Cornus sericea, Itea virginica, Clethra alnifolia, Ilex glabra (evergreen), Ilex verticillata. Trees such as red or swamp maple (Acer rubrum), river birch (Betula nigra) and willow (Salix) all appreciate extra moisture. However, these are large trees with extensive root systems so do not use them unless you have ample space. Perennials to consider might be Lobelia cardinalis, Iris ensata, Caltha palustris, Monarda, Asclepias incarnata and Eupatorium purpurea. I hope this gives you some ideas.

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